Wireless Connection Troubleshooting

Wireless networks have become so common place that most people take them for granted. However, when things go wrong, it can be very frustrating if you don't know where to start.

Understanding Wireless Connectivity

There are multiple types of Wireless connection. They are not all the same and don't work the same way. Let's examine each type:

Wireless ISP Technologies

Wireless Home Technologies

Obtaining A Wireless Connection

Now that you know the difference between your in-house Wireless connection and a Wireless ISP connection, you can narrow down connectivity issues. Your connection to your router does not have any bearing on whether or not your actual Internet connection is working. Either connection can be working or disconnected, regardless of the status of the other.

The Process

  • Use The Windows Wireless Utility to find the network to which you want to connect.
  • If Windows cannot see any Wireless networks available, then Ensure Your Wireless Radio Is Turned On.
  • If Windows indicates that it is not configured to manage your wireless networks, you will need to Disable 3rd Party Wireless Utilities and then Enable The Windows Wireless Utility.
  • If you try to connect to a network you have previously been able to use, but it no longer works for you, then Remove The Old Wireless Profile and recreate the connection.
  • If you are having problems with the signal being too low then read the section on Signal Strength in order to understand what that means.
  • If you can connect, but the signal is unstable, then try changing the Wireless Channels and also read the section on Wireless Interference in order to determine if there is anything you can change within your environment in order to eliminate the issue.

Using The Windows Wireless Utility

Ensure Your Wireless Radio Is Turned On

Disabling 3rd Party Wireless Utilities

Enabling The Windows Wireless Utility

Removing Old Wireless Profiles

Signal Strength

Wireless Channels

Wireless Interference

Created: 21 Jul 2011 23:57


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